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Kids Fishing Tournament May 9

Friday, May 8th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Come out to Lake Julian Park on May 9 for the annual Spring Kids Fishing Tournament. Cost is only $10.00 which includes entry to the tournament, hot dog lunch and PRIZES!

Join us for the Kids Fishing Tournament!Prizes will be awarded in several age categories for the most fish caught, the largest fish and the smallest fish. You can try out your casting skills at our line casting station. Bring your own pole, we will provide the bait and a bucket for your fish.

The fishing tournament is open to ALL children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register the day of the event at Lake Julian Park. Fishing starts promptly at 8:30am. For more information, contact Lake Julian Park at (828) 684-0376. Lake Julian Park is located at 406 Overlook Extension in Arden, NC.

 

Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Kids Fishing TournamentASHEVILLE NC – The Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park is Saturday, September 27, 2014. It’s open to children ages 15 and under and is sponsored by The Recreation Division of Buncombe County Library, Recreation and Culture Department and West Ridge Auto Sales.

The Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 11:30 a.m. Register on site the day of the tournament for $10 per child, which covers fishing bait, snacks and a free hot dog lunch at the conclusion of the tournament. A fishing license is not required for children under 16 years of age.

This is a catch and release event and we will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it is released back into the lake. Participants should bring their own pole.

Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes will be awarded in each of the categories.

Prizes will be given for:

  • biggest fish
  • smallest fish
  • most fish caught

In addition, competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skill. Casting poles and targets are provided by Lake Julian Park and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the Tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!

For information about this event contact David Blynt at 250-4266 or [email protected].

July 4 is Free Fishing Day

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – July 4 is designated as a free fishing day in North Carolina, meaning anyone – resident or non-resident – can fish for free in any public water, including coastal waters, without a license.

All other fishing regulations, including length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

To find a fishing spot near you, visit the Commission’s website for a list of more than 500 free fishing-access areas across the state.

It’s a Good Time to Fish at Lake Julian!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Since Lake Julian is a thermal lake (it serves as a cooling agent for Progress Energy) some of the best fishing occurs from October through March.

Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim, crappie and Tilapia.

Free Outdoor Activities on National Get Outdoors Day

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, June 9, with outdoor skills demonstrations, activities and crafts. Admission to the site and all activities are free.

The USDA Forest Service is a National Get Outdoors Day partner. The campaign encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public lands. The Cradle of Forestry in America has been designated as one of eight Signature Sites from across the country for 2012. The Forest Service has an ongoing commitment of engaging children to nature through various programs in support of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Outside campaign.

In this spirit, a variety of activities on June 9 will showcase outdoor adventure sports, traditional sportsmanship, and camp and trail skills in the Cradle of Forestry’s scenic setting.

  • Fly fishing and fly tying demonstrations with Trout Unlimited and the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
  • Archery with Heritage Outdoors and the NC Bowhunters Association
  • Still-water paddling with canoes and kayaks taught by Headwaters Outfitters
  • Biking techniques and maintenance with The Hub and Sycamore Cycles
  • Interactive camping displays and knot tying instruction with REI
  • Map and compass skills with Muddy Sneakers naturalists
  • Demonstration of Leave-No-Trace principles
  • Ethnobotany walk will teach plant identification and historical uses
  • Interactive camping displays
  • Outdoors-inspired crafts
  • Music program, Songs of the Big Outdoors
  • Meet Smokey Bear!

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call the Cradle at 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.orgfor a detailed schedule of events.

The Forest Service has also collaborated with the Ad Council to develop a new national campaign of television, radio, printed and outdoor public service announcements to Re-connect Kids and families with Nature. Visit www.discovertheforest.org.

More than 80 Forest Service locations across the country will provide free recreational and educational activities as part of National Get Outdoors Day.

WCU Students Show the Way to Great Outdoors

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Guides detailing how and where to enjoy fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, snow sports, waterfalls and whitewater paddling close to Western Carolina University have been posted online and printed, and a guide about climbing is coming soon. The recently released Whee Adventure Guides were developed as part of a class project completed by students last spring in the parks and recreation management course “High Adventure Travel and Outfitting.”

The student-created Whee Adventure Guides are available online and at various locations on campus.The student-created Whee Adventure Guides are available online and at various locations on campus.

“When I first introduced this project to the students last spring, there was unanimous agreement that the previous guides needed to be updated and definitely printed in color this time around,” said Debby Singleton, coordinator of health liberal studies and instructor of parks and recreation management and health and physical education.

The students reviewed the original guides produced in 2005 and formed groups to update them by researching and rewriting content, visiting adventure locations and taking photographs. They also developed a timeline for project completion with deadlines for each section and a grading rubric with points. Group team leaders met with staff from creative services at WCU and, with Shannon Cronkrite as designer for the project, created full-color, foldable guides and discussed the process of getting them in a printable format. Photos selected to be used in the guides were submitted by students, the instructor, Base Camp Cullowhee staff, Todd Murdock from Educational Talent Search-Project Discovery, Cataloochee Ski Area, and photographers Mark Haskett and Ashley Evans from the WCU Office of Public Relations.

In addition, the students researched funding options and applied for and won a $600 grant from The Honors College to print 150 copies of each guide at the print shop on campus.

“These Whee Adventure Guides are not just a class project that demonstrates synthesis of learning,” said Singleton. “They are also a valuable tool for students, parents and visitors to use to explore the abundance of outdoor opportunities close to Cullowhee.”

The printed guides are now available in Reid Gym, Base Camp Cullowhee, Human Services Department, and the Honors College, and Singleton said she and the students hope other departments interested in using them will help with future printing costs. Meanwhile, Carla Parrish, administrative support associate assisting with technology needs in the College of Education and Allied Professions, created a website where the guides can be downloaded and printed, and linked it to the parks and recreation management website.

Singleton cited the project as a great example of WCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan and said students working in the field of parks and recreation management will most likely have to create maps, guides, program brochures or other creative pieces during their careers.

“They may not be graphic designers, but they need to be able to articulate their ideas and work with creative professionals,” said Singleton. “The class’ main focus is on adventure travel – history, risk and safety implications, trip planning and logistics, trends, and ethical issues. Although we explore national and international adventure travel, I also wanted students to understand that adventure travel happens in their local areas as well, which is evident from the multitude of activities we have close to Cullowhee.”

Click here to read more about the history of the project.

Go Fishing – It’s a Good Time to Fish at Lake Julian!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Since Lake Julian in Asheville is a thermal lake (it serves as a cooling agent for Progress Energy) some of the best fishing occurs from October through March.

Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim, crappie and Tilapia.

Kid’s Fishing Tournament – Sept. 24

Monday, September 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Kid’s Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian Park will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011. The event is open to all children ages 15 and under and is sponsored by Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services.

The Kid’s Fishing Tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. and is over promptly at 11:30 a.m. Preregistration for the Tournament is advised or children can register the day of the Tournament starting at 8:00 a.m. at Lake Julian Park. The cost for the Tournament is $5 per child. No fishing license is required for children under 16 years of age.

This is a Catch and Release event. Lake Julian Park will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it will be released back into the lake. Participants bring their own pole and bait. Any type of pole and bait is permitted.

Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed.

All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

There are prizes galore! Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes will be awarded in each of these categories. Prizes will be given for the biggest fish, the smallest fish and the most fish caught. In addition, all competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skill. Casting poles and targets are provided by Lake Julian Park and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the Tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!

For information about this call (828) 684-0376 or email [email protected].

French Broad Fall Fest Features Area Breweries, Music, Outdoors

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – After 14 successful years hosting the French Broad River Festival, the organizers have planned a fall festival in the same incredible setting that will feature a few of the area’s best resources: craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery. Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking and more. With the festival grounds being located on the banks of the French Broad River and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festival- goers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer, but while the spring festival features a whitewater raft race, mountain bike race and other activities, the fall festival will be all about the music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included, which sets it apart from other “brew” festivals.

Date: Sept. 24 – 25, 2011

Beer: 12+ area breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from 4 pm – 11 pm on Sat. Sept 24.

Entertainment: The musical lineup is outstanding, featuring: The Lee Boys, whose sacred steel style is rooted in gospel, but is infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and world music genres in a powerful jamming mix. Yarn, back by popular demand from the spring festival, whose lead singer Blake Christiana mines his heavy Americana sound from lyrics shaped by the genteel sincerity of Gram Parsons. Josh Phillips Folk Festival, definitely one of the best live area bands whose music seamlessly bounces between folk, world, reggae, and R&B. Eyes of the Elders, voted “Best Band in Charlotte” (2009), another returning artist that has lit up the river fest stage as it spreads the hip-hop genre over a toasted piece of Southern Rock, sprinkles itself with a touch of Classical, puts on slice of jazz and tops it all off with a dash of psychedelic jam. Woody Wood, a legend in the making, this local famed musician delivers his music with all the soul, power, and energy that have made him renowned as a musician’s musician. Sons of Ralph, another outstanding live band featuring a bluegrass legend (Ralph Lewis) and his two sons. Voted “Best Band of WNC” 8 out of the last 10 years.

Environment: Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . .

Relax: No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds. Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town. In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks. If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com.

Location: The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, just 45 minutes north of Asheville, and sits on the edge of this historic town that is surrounded by national forest and is a crossroads of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

Food vendors and more: Great food will be available at the festival or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs restaurants. From here you can hike the AT, paddle the French Broad, fish, shop, visit the adjacent spa, hot tubs . . . camping is included, sleeping is optional.

Good Cause: Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $75,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  A portion of the Fall Fest proceeds will benefit the Hot Springs Community Learning Center.

Tickets are $75 and include a 5oz. commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings (from over 12 area breweries) between 4pm-11pm on Sept. 24 in the exclusive Brew Tent, camping, nearly 12 hours of music and a beautiful venue. $60 ticket for music and camping only (no beer sampling).

www.FrenchBroadFallFest.com provides ticket purchase info, lineup, directions and more

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Go to www.nchotsprings.com for information about campground, spa reservations, directions.

Awesome Fishing Pier at Owen Park!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Charles D. Owen Park (Owen Park) in Swannanoa is one of the prettiest parks in Buncombe County. The 29 acre park is tucked behind Owen Manufacturing Company on Warren Wilson Road. The park attracts athletes and naturalists alike. Often the athlete is a naturalist and the naturalist an athlete! For the athlete, Owen Park is noted for its lighted baseball diamonds Check out Owen Park's great, new, ADA accessible pier!and outdoor basketball courts.

The naturalist appreciates that the park is a part of The North Carolina Birding Trail. Over 40 species have been sighted within the park boundaries. This spring, birders from miles around “flocked” to the park to see and hear the lone Owen Park Loon. The migrating bird used the Owen Park lakes as a resting place before heading for its summer home much further north.

Recently, a floating fishing pier and a solar powered fish feeder have been installed on the largest of Owen Park’s two, clear lakes. The fishing pier is T shaped with low, angled handrails. The handrails allow easy fishing access for children and people in wheelchairs.

Conveniently located next to the fishing pier is the solar powered fish feeder. The fish feeder sprays fish food into the water hourly during the daylight hours. Owen Park fish are learning to tell time. They congregate around the feeder at the top of the hour and join
in the Owen Park Feeding Frenzy. Local anglers are looking forward to 2012 when the lake will be stocked with catfish!

Circling the lakes in a figure 8 is a .83 mile walking trail. The trail has recently been graded and resurfaced and is popular with joggers, walkers and birders. The walking trail links to a longer trail that meanders through Warren Wilson College along the banks of the Swannanoa River .

Owen Park has two large picnic shelters that are perfect for events and are available for rent. Call Alice Shelton at 299-8104 for more information. There are several picnic tables and grills that are used on a first come-first served basis.

Owen Park also has a playground and public restrooms. For more information about this Swannanoa gem, call Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services at 250-6700. Charles D. Owen Park is located in Swannanoa at 875 Warren Wilson Road.